At a special session Monday, council approved a resolution authorizing KLH Engineers Inc. to submit the Carnegie Feasibility Study to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The study, which includes mapping and closed circuit television scanning of the borough's sewers and underground pipes, evaluated options to retain, store, convey and treat sewage overflows.
Council President Rick D'Loss explained that Monday's action was necessary to meet the July 31 deadline for plans that address combined sewer overflows in the borough as part of a long-term process to prevent flooding.
The state is operating under a consent decree from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate sewage flow into stormwater sewage systems.
"We're trying to get rid of all the overflows. We're at the point now where the engineers have a plan," Mr. D'Loss said.
However, it won't be cheap. Projected cost of improvements next year is $3.1 million, a price that would rise to $5.7 million if the work is extended until 2027.
"It'll require a bond issue at some point," Mr. D'Loss said.
KLH Engineer Bob Robinson said three-person households in Carnegie, using 15,000 gallons of water every quarter now pay $187.37 for treatment and disposal service. With population growth and repairs, that figure is estimated at $409 for 2027.
Though Carnegie has met many consent decree requirements, some work remains to be done.
"There are important defects that we are still working on," Mr. Robinson said.
The borough could wait 10 more years before correcting its remaining problems, Mr. D'Loss said, noting that all projects involving Chartiers Creek must be completed by July 2026.
But Councilman Mike Sarsfield worried that costs would go up over the years.
It was pointed out that other nearby communities such as Robinson and Rosslyn Farms are feeding into Carnegie's system.
"Some of the flows go back and forth and equalize," said Mr. Sarsfield.
Allegheny County Sanitary Authority provides wastewater treatment to 83 communities, including the City of Pittsburgh.
• Work is expected to being within a few weeks on Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark at Carnegie Park.
Mary Shea Pitcher said Monday that construction for the 15,000-square-foot skatepark is set to begin in mid-August and be completed by the end of the year.
Interest in the $600,000 skate park has ramped up since the groundbreaking earlier this month, with visitors to the skatepark's website, www.pitcherpark.com, rising significantly, she said.
Mrs. Pitcher plans to obtain a camera that will allow website visitors to view the skatepark's construction online.
Plans are under way for the 13th Rock the Quarry, featuring music, activities, booths and food Aug. 23-24 on Panhandle Trail.
Bands will provide music, there will be two Mr. Science demonstrations, a rubber duck race, a sunset flag ceremony and a family fun zone with games and crafts.
Organizers are accepting applications for non-food vendors and items for prizes, which must be new, but may have logos. Contact: Madeline Fotovich, 724-693-8635 or email@example.com.
The event and parking are free.
To donate items: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 724-873-1690. Items also may be dropped off at the municipal building on Hilltop Road or at Rennerdale Corner Store on Noblestown Road.
Tickets for the rubber duck race: Tom McDermott, email@example.com.
All donations and money earned benefits Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail.
• Two Collier baseball teams from Webb Park are in California for their divisions' World Series competitions.
The Collier/Chartiers Valley Little League team, with players 13 and under, won the Eastern U. S. championship last Thursday and are in Livermore, near San Francisco. The team won the berth after beating a New York team 13-2 last week.
On Saturday, a Pony League team of 19 year-olds and younger, won its division with a 10-2 win over Bethel Park and are going to Compton, a Los Angeles suburb, to participate in that league's World Series, beginning today.
"It's just unbelievable. Both teams are playing for a world championship," said Tom Horew, Collier Baseball Association president, after the twin victories.
Most players on both teams are from Collier, but there are some from surrounding communities, too.
Teams are forming to participate in the Green Tree adult coed softball league that will start play in September at the Hemlock fields in Green Tree Park.
Teams must have a maximum of 15 members, including at least five women on the roster and four on the field, are required at all times. Play is for six innings.
Cost is $150 per team. Players must be 18 or older.
Through a grant partnership among the Allegheny County Health Department, Local Government Academy, Bike Pittsburgh and Sustainable Pittsburgh, the borough and 18 other municipalities in Allegheny County were awarded grants for bike racks.
Heidelberg's five bike racks will be installed at the borough building, community room facility and Ellsworth Park. Public Works employees are expected to install them within the next two weeks.
A race, entertainment, food and family activities will be part of the Community Days Friday and Saturday in Donaldson Park.
A parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday starting at Penn Lincoln Plaza and heading up Steubenville Pike. Applications to participate in the parade are online.
Saturday's events will begin at 9 a.m. with a 5K race. Festivities in the park will start at 1 with inflatables for children, a petting zoo and pony rides. Among the entertainers will be Hillbilly Way, Tom Watt, the Buffett Man, and Silent Partner. There also will be a free swim from noon to 7 p.m. at the Hankey Farms Pool.
Commissioners are expected to consider the issue of recreational fires at its Aug. 13 workshop meeting after a resident expressed concerns on July 23.
Kathy Opiela of Berkwood Drive said her husband, who suffers from congestive heart failure, had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital after he sustained carbon monoxide poisoning, which she suspects may have come from nearby recreational burning. Police were called to the scene, too.
Pointing out that carbon monoxide, which comes from burning fires and ash pits, Mrs. Opiela questioned, "If people can't smoke in a public restaurant, why are they allowed to burn trash and other things?"
Scott Police Chief James Secreet said the responding officer saw two logs on the fire in question and noticed no violations. The township must enforce the Allegheny County ordinance on this matter, he added.
But a representative of the Allegheny County Health Department suggested there may have been some violations, Mrs. Opiela said.
The county permits outdoor wood burning in fire pits, fireplaces and chimineas as long as the fires are tended at all times and only dry, clean wood is burned. Also, the fire must be at least 10 ft. from the nearest structure, inhabited area, roadway or property line.
In addition, outdoor fires must not create noticeable odors or visible smoke that would be objectionable to people. Violations can result in fines that range from $200 to $1,000.
• Commissioners voted 8-0 to award the 2013 road improvement program to Morgan Excavating, LP for $475,572. Alternates totaling $233,591 were approved, too. Commissioners Bill Wells was absent.
Also, low bidder Independent Enterprises was awarded a $23,233 contract for the Lindsay Road Bridge channel maintenance.
• Officials ratified a 1 percent wage increase for noncontract employees, effective Jan. 1. The agenda indicated the action was taken to bring the noncontract workers to the same level as contracted ones.
• The board agreed to advertise the nonuniform pension ordinance to reflect the same 6 percent ceiling that was agreed upon in the public works and clerical contracts. The former rate was 4.5 percent.
• The township's sewer committee will take a look at all addresses that reported recent flooding, board president Tom Castello said.
• Registration is under way for the Scott Conservancy's program on rain gardens from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Scott Park lodge. Roxanne Swann of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will present the program, which will include information on constructing a rain garden and a list of appropriate plants. The fee is $5. Information: Jane Peart of the Scott Conservancy, 412-788-1361.neigh_west